Students from the Young Entrepreneurs Academy will pitch their business plans to prominent local members of the business community during the program’s annual YEA! Investor Panel Event. A reception will be at 5:30 p.m. and presentations begin at 6 p.m. March 26 at the Boyle County Extension Office, 99 Corporate Drive.
Based on the appeal and merit of the students’ plans and presentations, companies will determine the amount of funds to allocate to each business or social movement. The event is free and open to the public.
Participating students include: Boyle County High School students Kimberly Cortez, Jennifer Hayes, John Daniel and Jarrod Angel; Boyle Middle School student Hunter Simmons; Danville High School students Alivia Harris, Cameron Hill and Bailey Carson; and Bate Middle School student Race Pellant.
Students will present their business ventures and social movements to the public for the first time and compete for funding that will enable them to get their ideas off the ground.
About Young Entrepreneurs Academy
Young Entrepreneurs Academy, or YEA!, is a groundbreaking educational program that takes students in grades six through 12 through the process of starting and running real businesses. Students work in close cooperation with local leaders of industry, community members, and educators to develop ideas and objectives, write business plans, pitch potential investors, obtain funding, register with governmental agencies, develop their brand identity and much more.
By the end of the class, students own and operate fully functioning businesses that can be carried on after graduation. Students learn to make a job — not just take a job. YEA!’s direct mission is to help students embrace their passion, energy, creativity and talents, launch a venture, and view entrepreneurship as synonymous with success and freedom.
For more information about the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, call (585) 272-3535 or visit www.yeausa.org.